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  • Museum Accession No.: EA1992.66
  • Catalogue No.: 74
  • Object type: Jar
  • Kiln/Location: Kakiemon, Arita
  • Period/Date: 1670-90
  • Dimensions: H. 24.8 cm
  • Provenance: Story Fund
  • Description: Jar. Rim unglazed inside. Strong red, yellow, blue, green, aubergine and black enamels. On outside, three panels, almost identical, of two birds, one on rock, one perching on peony branch above with red flowers and blue foliage, each panel separated by a continuous band of chrysanthemum flowers and foliage. Two concentric red circles round neck and round foot. Lid missing.

    Almost identical jars are in the Idemitsu Museum, Tokyo (Idemitsu, 1990, pl. 518) and in the Museum fur angewandte Kunst, Vienna. The Idemitsu piece has a more translucent blue for the borders, suggesting vagaries of the enamel-firing process, rather than the intention to produce the intense, opaque blue here.

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